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Brent Jackson

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Brent Jackson

Career/Academic Accomplishments – Class of 1997

Brent Jackson graduated from Grand Haven High School as an honor student and varsity athlete in multiple sports. He went on to earn a degree in political science from Kalamazoo College, where he also played Division III football as a tailback for the Hornets. After college, Brent began his career in the United States Navy, where he graduated in the top five of his Officer Class and advanced to the rank of Commander at the young age of 38.

Brent was inspired to join the Navy because of his two grandfathers who both served. In his early deployments, Brent demonstrated outstanding leadership skills as an officer in various roles on naval ships in the Pacific. Brent was then deployed to the Middle East, where he conducted joint anti-terrorism vulnerability assessments of military sites all over the region, including Afghanistan. Returning to shore in 2007, Brent served as a cruise missile tactical qualification officer and earned a Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2009.

In 2014, Brent served in the Middle East as Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, for which he received a Meritorious Service Medal in 2015. His commendations are too numerous to list, but include six Meritorious Service Medals and four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.

In May of 2018, Brent took command of the USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), a 510 ft Guided Missile Destroyer with a crew of 364. As the ship’s Captain, this was his seventh overseas deployment. He completed this assignment in 2019, and in 2022 earned a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Brent is now working in the Joint Operations Division, Central Command Desk, on assignment with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.